Yellowhair, After reading the responses here ... I'm not concerned for the immediate operation of the grill. It's more the long term life of the grill.
Granted it's Stainless steel. My thought was that Cast Iron had a longer functional life than the Stainless.
I intend to die of firsthand BBQ smoke. Years from now, will my son enjoy this thing as much as I have?
It's not burnt! It's "blackened"!